THE Accessory For Spring '18: The Fanny Pack
Is anyone else feeling a bit of FOMO over missing Coachella (aka BEYchella) this year? I never thought in a million years I would type those words, especially as I'm nearing 40, but I've got to say that the idea of warm weather, denim cutoffs and BEYONCE all sounds pretty damn good right now. I was trying to think of a fun festival themed post when I remembered that I've also been dying to post about my favorite accessory for spring, and wouldn't you know it, the two are actually the same.
I know, I know, I can hear you all laughing but these are not your mother's (grandmother’s???) fanny packs. Style stars across the globe have been sporting them at all the recent fashion shows and while this may be controversial, this is one trend I'm all in on. Why? Convenience. Pure and simple convenience. A fanny pack is pretty much the greatest invention of all time and even though they get a bad wrap, I'm here to tell you that they are probably the one thing that's been missing in your life. (Okay, not really... BUT they still are awesome!)
A few years back when I attended the woman's march in Washington, I bought everyone in my group a fanny pack. At first it started as a joke, but as the event neared and we learned about the expected crowd size, the fanny pack became a matter of necessity. When we got there it became our life line. When you are in a group of people so tight that you can barely breathe you can bet there is a sense of security knowing that you have your identifying information, phone and money strapped safely to your stomach. Everyone in out group spent the day remarking on just how convenient a fanny pack actually is, and at the end of the trip everyone asked to bring one home. I've used mine a few times since and every time I do I'm reminded about how much easier life is with one on.
Now, I'm not saying we should all rush out an buy vinyl fanny packs (although I've got to say I'm not hating how it looks here) but there are more lux versions out there and if you are looking for an accessory that will make you instantly fashionable AND one that is insanely practical, look no further than the fanny pack. My favorite fanny packs (or waist belts as they have been renamed) are those that are on the small side that look more like a belt than a bag. I'm loving how people have started wearing them across their bodies like a crossbody bag and I can't think of a better accessory for a day of power shopping or for an event like the flea market. I can't imagine how convenient it would have been for me to have embraced the idea of a fanny pack when my kids were little because it sure beats the bag hanging from the back of the stroller.
In case you are looking for a little functional fashion in your life, I've rounded up my favorite fanny packs of the season. The Gucci ones are my absolute favorite, and make me drool, but there are a ton of other options out there that are much more reasonable in price. I realize that the fact that my current obsessions are caftans and fanny packs makes me more ready for the senior living center than it does Beychella, but I've got to say I enjoy a game of shuffle board and even though it pains me to admit it, hanging by the pool in Florida is probably slightly more my speed than a festival is anyway. The good news is that with my trusty fanny pack, I'd be perfectly prepared for either! Xx